Wil Scott, River of Green, Water Works 2016

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Entry Deadline is July 18

Online Entry System

Introducing Water Works:

MFA (Maryland Federation of Art) invites all artists residing in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada and Mexico to enter its 2nd annual Water Works competition. Any original 2-D work in which water is depicted as the primary force, object, or consequence is eligible. Works selected will be on exhibit at the Annapolis Maritime Museum, 723 Second Street, Annapolis, Maryland from September 22 to October 30, 2016. The exhibition chair is Evelyne Albanese.

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Patrick M. Craig is Associate Professor, teacher of painting and drawing at the University of Maryland. His gallery representations have included Gallery Plan B and Gallery K, Washington D.C., Gallery B.A.I. in New York City, and in Barcelona, Spain and Gallery ARS LONGA in Milanowek, Poland. His artworks reside in numerous collections such as The Sidney and Frances Lewis Collection, the Washington Convention Arts Center, George Mason and George Washington Universities, plus in the corporate collections of IBM, KPMG, The Washington Post and others. He work has been featured in galleries, museums and art centers throughout the U.S., including Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Chrysler Museum, St. Lawrence University and Marin MOCA, among others. He also exhibited throughout Europe and Japan and the United Arab Emirates at the Forum Artis Museum – Montese Contemporary Art, Modena, Italy, the Saitama Museum of Contemporary Art in Japan, and the Washington/Moscow Artists Exchange at the Tretyakov Museum in Moscow where he traveled as a featured artist. He also traveled as an invited artist to the United Arab Emerites’ first group exhibition of American art at the Sharjah Museum. Craig has received several fellowships including the Lilly Fellowship for Teaching Excellence and the Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award in 1989, 1992, 1997 and 2000.

Terms of Entry

All entries must adhere to MFA general guidelines as well as the terms of entry specific to the exhibit as listed below.

When entering the exhibition you will be asked to accept the Terms of Entry. Any entry that does not follow Terms of Entry and General Guidelines will be subject to rejection regardless of the Juror’s decision.


  • Water Works may be entered by uploading JPEG images through MFA’s online entry system. Go to www.mdfedart.org for details. Images for the juror must correspond with delivered work.
  • Selection: 1. Selections for exhibition are made by the juror from JPEG images. 2. Final acceptance is made by juror from delivered work. 3. Awards are designated by the juror.
  • Entries: Artworks previously exhibited in an MFA juried show at AMM are not eligible. Maximum size of entry, including edges of frame, cannot exceed 44” in any direction. Measure prior to entry. State framed size at time of entry.
  • All work must be wired for hanging and visibly signed by artist (front or back) and include edition numbers (1/1, 2/50, e.g.) for hand-pulled prints/photographs. Works must be priced for sale or marked POR (price on request).
  • Submit one JPEG image per piece entered, or as allowed. To provide the best image for juror set pixel dimension to around 2000 pixels on the longest side. File size may be no more than 2 MB.
  • Entry Fees: A maximum of 6 original works created within the past 3 years may be entered. 1 or 2 entries $35 (MFA members $20). Additional four entries $5 each. Entry fees are non-refundable.


Cash awards total $1000. Award contributors and recipients will be listed in the exhibition catalog.

Entries and Submission Fees

  • Entries must be submitted online.
  • Entry fees are $35 (MFA members, $20) for one or two entries and $5 each for up to four additional entries. Entry fees are non-refundable.
  • To enter online, you will need an MFA account that includes an email address and a password. There is no charge to create an MFA account.
  • Submit one JPEG image per piece entered, or as allowed. To provide the best image for juror set pixel dimension to around 2000 pixels on the longest side. File size may be no more than 2 MB.
  • Images of accepted works may be used at the sole discretion of MFA for promotional purposes including but not limited to the invitation, catalog, web site or on a subsequent year’s prospectus. Image will include attribution whenever possible.

Exhibition Schedule:

May 18 Online entry open for submissions.

July 18 Deadline for entries.

Aug. 17 All entrants are notified by email. Check website if you do not receive notice .

Sept. 13-17 Shipped and hand-delivered work must arrive at AMM. Details of delivery and pick up will be included in the notification for accepted artwork.

Sept. 21 11-3pm. First day of exhibition.

Oct. 1 3-5pm Reception at AMM. Awards presented at 4pm.

Oct. 29 Pick up at AMM. Specifics will be included in the notification for accepted artwork. There is no on-site storage space. A $40 fine is imposed for late pickup.

By Oct. 30 Shipped work will be sent.


All entrants will receive notice by email. The notice to accepted artists will include specific details and could vary from prospectus. A list of accepted artists and artwork will also be posted on MFA’s website. Please set your email account to recognize this address: info@mdfedart.org. Contact gallery if you do not receive notice.